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Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare (1995)

It's time for the annual Dooley family reunion and Dooley matriarch Meemaw's 100th birthday celebration. But teenaged Billy is welcomingly distracted from wacky relatives and the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Joan Hart ... Samantha
Jason Marsden ... Billy Dooley
David L. Lander ... Various Jamesons
Romy Windsor ... Grace Dooley (as Romy Walthall)
Marcia Strassman ... Margaret McKenna
Susan French ... Meema
Jo Anne Worley ... Aunt Kate
Dody Goodman ... Grandma Dotty Dooley
Peter Billingsley ... Mark McKenna Jr.
Gerrit Graham ... Mark McKenna Sr.
Meghann Haldeman Meghann Haldeman ... Connie Dooley
Sara Rue ... Jacquelyn
Joe Flaherty ... Kevin Dooley
Alley Mills ... Portia
Norman Fell ... Grandpa Joe Dooley


It's time for the annual Dooley family reunion and Dooley matriarch Meemaw's 100th birthday celebration. But teenaged Billy is welcomingly distracted from wacky relatives and the ultra-competitive family games by a mysterious runaway named Samantha. In the meantime, Meemaw, does some running away herself. Written by Anonymous

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1 April 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Family Reunion: A Relative Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

Jacksonville, Florida, USA

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1.33 : 1
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The vehicles used are: a 1995 Ford Mustang, a 1990 Chrysler Town and Country, a 1993 Jeep Cherokee. See more »


Margaret McKenna: If anything happens to her I'm holding you personally responsible.
Mark McKenna Sr.: You wanted her to leave just as much as I did.
Margaret McKenna: I wanted her to move out, not become an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries".
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Hart is her usual cute dream in a land-locked Love Boat that might remind you of your own clan.
15 January 2000 | by SanDiegoSee all my reviews

This movie looks like it was made in the early eighties as opposed to 1995. The cast is made up of TV personalities that used to sail the original Love Boat, including Laverne & Shirley's Squiggy, Three's Company's Mr. Roper, Welcome Back Kotter's Mrs. Kotter, Dody Goodman, Jo Anne Worley and A Christmas Story's sweet little Peter Billingsly now playing a bullying teenager. Throw in the 80's Joe Flaherty of SCTV and the 90's Melissa Joan Hart of Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the only question left is where's Gilligan? With that said, the film makes for a nice and often funny picture that can be enjoyed by the entire family. Any one who has gone to a large family function such as a reunion, Thanksgiving dinner, or wedding, can relate to having to put up with a group of oddballs you probably wouldn't choose as friends. Hart is her usual cute dream and Jason Marsden as Billy does a good job in sort of a Matthew Brodrick type of role. There's also a nice performance by Susan French as Meema, the 100-year-old skateboard-riding matriarch of the family.

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